New Delhi: India and Portugal on Wednesday stressed on forging extensive bilateral cooperation during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic as well as explore possibilities of cooperation in the post-Covid scenario.
The entire gamut of bilateral ties between the two countries was reviewed in a virtual meeting which External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar had with his Portuguese counterpart Mr. Augusto Santos Silva.
Co-chaired a productive ministerial review with FM Augusto Santos Silva @nestrangeiro_pt of Portugal. Discussed deepening economic cooperation, migration & mobility and shared maritime interests. Reaffirmed our common commitment to multilateralism. pic.twitter.com/RgUak5y4jL— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) October 14, 2020
Both the leaders undertook a detailed review of bilateral ties including the extensive cooperation between the two countries during Covid-19 pandemic and possibilities of cooperation in the post-Covid scenario.
The two ministers appreciated the upward trajectory in the bilateral ties witnessed in the last few years highlighted by frequent exchanges of high-level visits. They agreed that the momentum in the ties will be maintained particularly in new areas of cooperation such as migration and mobility partnership, defence cooperation, and deepening of economic ties.
The leaders also discussed India - EU relations and agreed to work closely for the next India – EU27 leaders meeting during Portugal’s Presidency in 2021 for which Prime Minister Antonio Costa has already issued an invitation to Prime Minister Modi.
They reaffirmed their commitment to reformed multilateralism and agreed to maintain close contact and coordination on regional and global issues with particular reference to India’s presence in the United Nations Security Council from 2021, External Affairs Ministry said here in a press statement.